The month you were born in carries more meaning than just which birthstone you’re assigned. A new study on ScienceDaily claims that there could be a link between when you entered this world and its impact on your mood.
The Atlantic reports that a professor in Budapest surveyed 366 students about different temperaments they experience and found that the development of some mood disorders is impacted by the time of year one was born in. The study was presented at the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology recently.
Students weighed in on statements like “My mood often changes for no reason,” and “I love to tackle new projects, even if risky,” and “I complain a lot.” From there, connections were made between their birthdays and answers.
Let’s dive into the specifics, as outlined by The Atlantic.
- If you were born in the summer, you’re more susceptible to cyclothymic temperament (characterized by rapid, frequent swings between sad and cheerful moods).
- Those born in the summer have a greater chance of hyperthymic temperament, which is a tendency to be excessively positive.
- People claiming an autumn birth month show a significantly lower likelihood to experience depressive temperament than those born in winter.
- If you were born in the winter months, you have less risk of developing cyclothymic temperament.
- Individuals born in the winter were much less vulnerable to irritable temperament than those born in spring, summer and fall months.
- Spring-born people, you all have a greater chance of hyperthymic temperament, that tendency to be excessively positive.
There are a number of factors that can impact a woman’s pregnancy depending on the time of year she’s expecting — think about it. Sunlight exposure and which types of food are available and in season are examples that could potentially be contributing factors.
Moral of the story? You’re not doomed by your birth month at all. There will likely be more research on this claim in the future, which we hope will result in more concrete evidence, but in the meantime, focus on maintaining an overall healthy lifestyle and your moods will reflect that.
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